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Rick Carter, LMFT, LCADC, MBA
NV, OH and CA Licensed Psychotherapist/Counselor
AAMFT APPROVED SUPERVISOR/MENTOR
NEVADA License #01448
CALIFORNIA License #38540
OHIO LICENSE #F.0900001-SUPV
MARRIAGE COUNSELING (MARRIAGE THERAPY) COUPLES COUNSELING (COUPLES THERAPY) AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (TELE-THERAPY/VIDEO THERAPY) FOR CLIENTS IN NEVADA, OHIO and CALIFORNIA, ALSO). PLEASE INQUIRE AT [email protected]
I am very passionate about what I do. I thoroughly enjoy facilitating challenging and interactive solution-focused, “modern-day therapy”, to further personal insight, responsibility and empowerment. Although I believe that the past (which we will definitely delve into frequently during the process) is instrumental in making sense of “how we got to where we are now”, A lot of my focus is about exploring what your life looks like today, helping you figure out where you want to go in the future, and determining what steps will be necessary to quickly get you on your way to your “desired life”.
I love helping people get “unstuck”. I strongly believe that we have the potential to live more productive, peaceful and satisfying lives when we learn to tap into our available resources. However, we first must realize that therapy is not magical. I am not here to manage your life or take responsibility for “fixing it”. I will help you discover and fine-tune your own life skills so that you believe, with conviction, that you are capable of taking care of your adult self.
We are ultimately responsible for creating our own lives and making changes to accomplish that which we desire. We are powerful beings that can make significant changes once we accept “reality” and responsibility for our choices and take necessary actions to manifest desirable outcomes. In order to build self-esteem, efficacy, confidence and trust, we must first break our unhealthy patterns, distorted thinking, self-defeating beliefs and addictions. I will do my best to give you effective tools whereby you are able to implement strategies to make lasting changes. We do ourselves such harm when we take on the role of a “victim” in life, whether blatantly or subtly. Remember, you have to be willing to apply insight by taking action in your life. In order to make profound changes, you must accept personal responsibility for those changes and the willingness to walk through your fears, recognizing that anything worth having, takes dedication, sacrifice and self-discipline. Insight = Knowledge; Action = Wisdom.
Bio for Rick Carter, LMFT, LCADC, MBA
Rick Carter began his professional career in Marketing and Management Information Systems with Gerber Baby Foods in 1986, after graduating from Central Michigan University. During his tenure at Gerber, Rick earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Wayne State University with a concentration in marketing and finance. After a few years in the corporate world, he became disenchanted with his professional life and gravitated towards his burgeoning interest in psychology, philosophy and spiritual seeking.
Rick earned his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) from Antioch University in Los Angeles, graduating in April of 2000. He spent his intern years working with a panoply of clients in myriad settings before commencing his work as a private practice psychotherapist in West Hollywood in 2002. During his 20-year career, Rick has also worked part time in a variety of capacities to include Program Director, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Group Leader and Quality Assurance Manager. He also worked extensively in the field of addiction. Rick has utilized his extensive experience to treat hundreds of clients who have dealt with problematic behaviors, compulsions and habits related to substance and drug abuse, myriad forms of sexual acting out, gambling, eating disorders and so forth. Rick worked with a number of addiction experts at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles where he was able to learn and apply a number of addiction strategies that would treat the individual, rather than apply one method to treat all who clients who had sought help due to unhealthy compulsions and habitual behaviors.
Rick, who identifies as an out gay psychotherapist, has also worked extensively with the GLBTQ population and has helped hundreds of individuals and couples work through presenting problems associated with sexuality, coming out, dealing with homophobia and reconciling compartmentalized living. Rick has also worked with hundreds of couples (gay and straight) using a number of modalities to help couples build skills related to communication, intimacy and sexual relations. Rick was regularly featured as a couple’s expert for ABC News in Los Angeles during the early part of his private practice career.
Rick has treated a number of individuals who present with issues related to codependency, people-pleasing, low self-esteem and lack of a solid sense of self. Over time, he became an expert on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and has helped hundreds of individuals understand the systematic abuse they have endured while being in a relationship with a full-blown narcissist. Most people do not understand what narcissism is exactly, and Rick is able to validate and help those who have suffered the insidious emotional and physical abuse that narcissists inflict on their victims over time. Rick has also discovered that most clinicians are not extensively educated on NPD and will often miss cues and clues that the individual seeking treatment is likely in a relationship with someone who exhibits a number of narcissistic tendencies.